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Fighting For Time

Editor's note: An update to this story aired on March 10, 2010. Bob Iritano died on Sept. 1, 2011. He was 51. Here is David Lazarus' column from that day.

Our story about a man fighting for his life against a fatal form of cancer — and with his insurance company over treatment — has gotten some attention. From some high-placed officials.

For more than 3 years now, Bob Iritano has been fighting a particularly deadly form of cancer. Sadly, like too many other sick Americans, he's also had to fight his health insurance company to get the care he needs. L.A. Times columnist David Lazarus looks at his case, which illustrates just how much power a health insurance company can have over our lives, and deaths.

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insurance companies have always run our lives unfortunately maybe money can be raised through a fund raiser. my thoughts and prayers are with bob and his family. the insurace company should be ashamed of them selves.

It is interesting to note that many in the party of opposition fear the onset of "rationing" in the health care system in the USA. Wake up folks, the for profit insurance companies not only ration your care, they will totally cut you off from your needed cardiac bypass surgery if you complained of a headache 10 years ago. I bet you didnt know that insurance companies keep teams of physicians and nurses on staff with express responsibility to find any reason, however slight, to deny you the service you need. But thats ok, lets just say no to any suggested "reform". Might be, heaven forbid, Socialism.

Thank you for bringing this story to the public's attention. It brings the reality of what is going on with some insurance companies to light. Hopefully your story and the many others out there will help to bring about health insurance reform. Keep fighting Bob!

We believe in Good and we are sure that he is doing his part in this great family that we love too. My Englis is not good buy We want to tell you all this is going to be a bad dream in the futury is better for all the family. We love you.

Bobby is a close childhood friend of mine. I just happened to google him and found this video. I just spoke to him a couple of weeks ago.

He never mentioned anything

He is the definition of courage

I will be calling him tonight trust me

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